Physical Therapy

Physical therapists at Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute (PBPRI) are trained to evaluate, diagnose and treat problems you have with physical movement after a neurological illness or event.  These physical problems may include decreased mobility, problems with balance or dizziness. 

The long term goal of physical therapy is your safety and independence.  The physical therapists at PBPRI will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your abilities.  After their assessment, they will develop an individual treatment plan for you. 

The physical therapist may check to see if you:

  • Need a cane or walker
  • Have problems with balance and coordination
  • Are dizzy or have vertigo
  • Have problems walking
  • Are at risk of a fall
  • Have an inner ear balance disorder
  • Have normal muscle strength and range of motion
  • Have a loss of sensation in part of your body
  • Need a custom seat
  • Have facial weakness
  • Have lost any motor control
  • Are independent and safe in your daily tasks


Physical Therapy Specialty Services

Balance and Falls Risk Assessment and Treatment

PBPRI physical therapists will evaluate patients who have problems with balance or have a risk of falling. This includes anyone who has a history of falls, a fear of falling, and unexplained dizziness.

Home Safety Assessment

Our Occupational and Physical Therapists are trained to do an in home risk assessment. The goal is to identify potential safety issues within your home and to address any areas you feel may be troublesome for you. Afterwhich the therapist will make recommendations.

Click here to view the home safety assessment

Facial Therapy
Patients who have facial paralysis after Bells Palsy, Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome, Tumors or Trauma may need to see a physical therapist at PBPRI. Physical therapists will assess your needs and develop a treatment plan.

Seating and Mobility Clinic

Licensed Physical Therapists who are also RESNA ATP credentialed at PBPRI provide evaluations and recommendations for adults who require mobility devices including wheelchairs and specialized seating (cushions, backrests and support components) based upon the individuals physical impairments and resultant disability. Our physical therapists work with local RESNA certified suppliers to help you obtain a mobility device (manual, power assist, scooter or power wheelchair) that meets your specific needs. In-depth assessment and specific documentation provided by our PTs will give you the best outcome while meeting insurance standards for payment.

Pressure ulcers can be caused by many conditions including poor seating. Poor positioning and improper skin protection are often primary factors. Patients with pressure ulcers will need to see PBPRI physical therapist for a pressure mapping/pressure assessment of their seating system. This will allow physical therapist to know where there are pressure peaks and make changes to the seating surface and positioning to promote good skin health and/or facilitate healing of the pressure ulcer.

Seating and Mobility Referral Form


Vestibular Rehabilitation
If you feel lightheaded or that the room is spinning, you have symptoms of a vestibular system disorder and may need professional assistance. PBPRI physical therapists are trained to help decrease your dizziness, reduce your risk of falls while helping you be more mobile. They have received advanced training and are certified in vestibular rehabilitation.

“Obviously I had no idea what to expect when entering Pi Beta Phi Rehab. My previous experiences with physical therapy had been for orthopedic issues, nothing as serious as a brain surgery. I was a 36-year-old recreational marathon runner who had finished 13 marathons and 14 half marathons who was wearing a boot and using a walker to get around. I was nervous, scared and very unsure of my future as a runner. Everyone was kind and caring from the moment I entered, which was so helpful and comforting. When I first met Lisa Haack, she asked what my goals were for rehab, and I said get back to doing all the things I enjoy. I also told her that I was planning on running the New York City marathon in seven months. She never discouraged this goal. Lisa mapped a plan to help me get back to running. I ran my first mile with Lisa about six weeks after brain surgery and finished the NYC marathon on November 7, 2010. Without Lisa’s knowledge, skills and encouragement throughout the rehab process, I’m not sure the marathon would have been a success. I would recommend Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute to anyone who experiences a brain injury. “ --Tracey McClain